Attack on Egyptian student in London a 'despicable unacceptable assault': British Embassy

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Mar 2018

intu Victoria Centre
Abdel-Salam was assaulted near the Intu Victoria Centre mall in London

The British Embassy in Cairo on Sunday called the attack on 18-year-old Egyptian student Mariam Abdel-Salam, who fell into a coma after being assaulted on 20 February in London, a "despicable, unacceptable assault."

The embassy's spokeswoman told state-run news agency MENA that the embassy shares the family's concerns, and noted that one of the attackers has been arrested.

Abdel-Salam, who lives with her family in Nottingham and is a Central College engineering student in Beeston, was punched repeatedly and verbally assaulted by a group of women in a crowded area near the Intu Victoria Centre mall in London, according to a report by local newspaper Nottingham Post.

The newspaper reported on Friday that a 17-year-old female suspect was arrested in connection with the attack.

London police said that Abdel-Salam has recovered from the coma but is still in intensive care at Queen's medical centre, according to the Nottingham Post."All forms of hate crimes are completely unacceptable," the spokeswoman told MENA.

She added that British investigators are investigating the assault to guarantee the attackers face justice, and that they are working with the Egyptian embassy in London to ensure Mariam's family recieves full support.

Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek ordered on Saturday the opening of a judicial investigation into an attack through the Egyptian prosecution's international cooperation department.

On Friday, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement that it is closely following the incident through both the Egyptian consulate and embassy in London.

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